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Corn and oilseed-based biofuels are so last decade. Now, we have a whole new crop of cleaner, greener biofuels based on microscopic marine plants- and even more miniscule critters.
Sundrop Farms’ high-tech hydroponic fruit and vegetable production system eliminates the need for fertile soil, groundwater or grid electricity supplies, greatly reducing input costs and environmental risks.
The latest Tulane Challenge is seeking novel in-field solutions to reduce fertiliser use and run-off in a bid to prevent coastal ‘dead zones' worldwide. And they’ll give a cool US$1m to the winning innovation.
Two Tennessee-based PhD students are turning the pulpy lignin waste from biofuel and paper production into biodegradable mulch films for farmers, in a win-win for processors, producers and the planet.
For piggery owners Michael and Edwina Beveridge, anaerobic digesters enabled them to turn tonnes of pig poo into energy.
Following positive previous findings, a three-year, PICCC-helmed project is exploring the effects of applying nitrification inhibitor-augmented urea fertiliser to commercial pasture, grain and canola crops. Iniitial findings showed no significance difference in harmful nitrous oxide emissions but an increase in per-hectare grain yield.
Large-scale crop trials using moon and Mars soil simulants developed for NASA are advancing the quest to make off-world farming viable.
Farmers fending off geese, galahs, white cockatoos and other avian pests take note: this cutting-edge Dutch technology could be the solution.
If you thought field robotics was a niche ag-industry, think again. A Japanese horticultural firm is developing the world’s first fully automated farm, a large-scale indoor facility expected to churn out 30,000 clean, green lettuce heads a day, while dramatically cutting input costs.
In many nations, beef’s outsized carbon footprint results in large part from the grain grown and processed to feed them. Substituting algae meal for grain feeds could dramatically shrink that footprint.